With laser hair removal a patient can permanently remove unwanted hair by targeting the hair roots. The laser beam used causes no harm to the surrounding skin, and is absorbed by the pigment in the root, destroying the root and the blood vessels that nourish it. This is the preferred method as it is permanent and less painful than other methods of hair removal. It is suitable for both men and women and it is designed to target the hair root, not the hair and today you can find various types of laser hair removal available.
1. Ruby Laser
Emitting a wavelength of 694 nm, the Ruby Laser is efficient in treating very short hair and is more suitable for individuals with light-colored skin. This laser is often used for targeting areas such as the upper lip.
2. Alexandrite Laser
The Alexandrite Laser utilizes a 755 nm wavelength, and is designed to minimize damage to surrounding tissues. Its large head allows for faster treatment of large areas, and it is particularly effective for individuals with fair skin and dark hair. Its high cooling system ensures minimal discomfort during the procedure. The Alexandrite Laser effectively targets melanin, the pigment responsible for hair color, making it particularly effective on people with fairer skin tones, and resulting in the removal of unwanted body hair after the treatment.
3. Diode Laser
Diode Lasers employ a 800 nm wavelength and are highly effective at removing fine hairs. A cooling gel is typically used in conjunction with this laser as it is applied in close proximity to the skin. This laser can be used on all skin types and effectively targets ingrown hair follicles. It can be safely used on darker skin tones as the settings can be manually adjusted to prevent damage to the skin.
4. Nd: YAG Laser
This type of laser is effective on both dark and light skin tones, but may cause more discomfort than other laser types. It utilizes a 1064 nm wavelength, and is particularly effective on light-colored and thin hairs. Its large diameter tip and long pulse time contribute to its effectiveness.
Who Can Have Laser Hair Removal?
It is safe for anyone above the age of 12 to have laser hair removal.
Which Areas Can Laser Hair Removal Be Used?
It is crucial to wear special glasses during the procedure to protect the eyes from the laser light. This procedure can be safely used on all body hair and is applied with care to all areas, especially in the facial region. Common areas for laser hair removal include the underarms, bikini area, genitals, legs and arms, chest and back, neck and face, mustache, and chin. However, it should not be used on the eye socket or ear hole.
How Long Does the Laser Hair Removal Process Take?
The duration of laser hair removal treatments varies depending on the device and the area being treated. With the advancement of technology, some devices have been redesigned to allow for shorter treatment times. For example, the upper lip can typically be treated in about 1 minute, while both armpits can be done in 2-3 minutes. Treating the hair on the whole leg typically takes around 40-45 minutes and the male back can be completed in about 40 minutes.
Which Color Hair Is Effective For Laser Hair Removal?
Since the wavelength of light used in laser hair removal is absorbed by dark hair, there is currently no laser that can permanently remove yellow and white hair. As a result, laser hair removal is only effective in removing darker hair.
How Many Sessions Does Laser Hair Removal Take?
The effectiveness of laser hair removal can vary depending on an individual's physical and hormonal characteristics, skin and hair color, and the texture of the hair in the treatment area. Typically, areas such as underarms, lower legs, and bikini area may require 4 to 8 sessions, while areas such as the face, arms, and back may require 6 to 12 sessions.
Can Laser Hair Removal Be Done In the Summer?
Laser hair removal is typically not recommended during the summer months as the skin will be exposed to the sun. However, if high-factor sunscreen is used to protect the skin from harmful UV rays, Nd-YAG type lasers can be used safely even during summer.
Are There Any Side Effects from Laser Hair Removal?
As some skin types are sensitive, and if the laser beam is not used with caution, there may be redness or temporary skin irritation on the treated area for a few days after the procedure. These symptoms usually resolve quickly and do not greatly affect daily activities. Though some complications can arise from laser hair removal, they are not always a given. Therefore, it is important to choose a clinic with trained staff who can address any potential issues that may arise.
Are Laser Hair Removal Results Permanent?
Laser hair removal is a fast and effective method for hair removal. Once the recommended sessions are completed, the unwanted hair will be permanently removed. The laser destroys the hair follicles, making it impossible for the hair to regrow. However, for optimal results, safety and longevity, it is important to have the treatment performed by trained professionals using appropriate devices.
Who Can Have Laser Hair Removal?
The appropriate time to start laser hair removal is generally related to the age at which a person began their menstrual cycle. It is generally recommended to wait until a person has had regular periods for at least 2 years before beginning laser hair removal. The optimal age to start laser hair removal is typically between 16 and 17, as hair growth is generally more developed at that point. However, as laser hair removal is a personal choice, the age at which one starts may vary from person to person.
Things to Consider Before Laser Hair Removal
Tanning from the sun or from a solarium can decrease the effectiveness of laser hair removal. It is recommended to avoid these activities before the treatment. Additionally, it is advised not to use any products such as creams or oils on the skin before the treatment. It is also recommended to avoid any other hair removal methods for at least one month before the start of laser hair removal and the hair should be allowed to grow out. On the day before the treatment, the hair should be shaved with a razor to prepare for the laser hair removal session.
Things to Consider After Laser Hair Removal
After the treatment, it is important to avoid sun exposure on the treated area while it is still red. The hair in the treated area should not be disturbed or tampered with. Additionally, it is important to avoid sweating in the treated area, and to avoid using any devices or tools that produce heat, such as hot water, exfoliants, or hair dryers, until the area has fully healed.
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